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Brave New World Literature Circle Activities

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

Use these ideas to implement literature circles in your class so your students can discuss ''Brave New World'' by Aldous Huxley. The novel will interest your students as they enter the dystopian world of London during the times AF 632.

Why use Literature Circles?

Literature circles are a great way to get your students talking and learning from each other. A small group of your students, about 5-6, will read the same book. As they read, they'll write notes or assignments in a journal. Every few chapters, they'll join together for a student-run discussion. Literature circles are a great way to encourage students to learn from each other and truly engage with the text.

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a futuristic dystopian world that will provide countless discussion opportunities for your students. Use the following ideas to build your literature circles.

Predictions

Before your students begin reading, have them preview the book. They should examine the front cover, read the back cover, and flip through the book to read a few little passages. Then, they answer the question: What do you think the Brave New World from the title is? What do you think the book might be about?

Students then begin reading and compare the book with their predictions. When students gather for their literature circle, they can share their predictions and how those predictions have developed thus far in the book. Have students think about what is going to happen next, and make sure they use evidence from the text to support their predictions.

Quotes

As students read, they look for 3-4 quotes that they think epitomize the book. They choose the quotes, then write a reflection on the quotes. Why do they think that quote epitomizes the book? What does the quote show about the rest of the book? Students get in groups and share their quotes and reflections. The other students respond to the reflections and discuss. As a group, they choose one quote they think characterizes the whole book.

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